Barbara J. Mulloy (Kamin) always enjoyed sharing memories from her past and detailing moments from her rich childhood and teenage years. Adopted at birth by Herman Kamin and Rachael Kamin (Wolfman), Barbara was welcomed into an exceptional family that complimented her life with education, diverse culture and love.
At a young age, Barbara developed independence and worldly knowledge by working the soda fountain at her father’s Milwaukee drug store. That independence and confidence would extend to other aspects of Barbara’s life as she loved to perform in student plays and play the piano - an incredible skill that would last throughout her life.
As she grew, Barbara was known for bringing family and friends together; always being the life of the party. Her humor and wit were perhaps surpassed by none, with her laugh being her most notable feature, second only to her bright, infectious smile.
Later in life, while out with friends in Lake Como, Barbara met Richard Mulloy. This would easily become one of the most significant moments in Barbara’s life, as shortly after, Barbara and Richard would marry and share the rest of the lives together.
Barbara's journey and adventure into motherhood began early and would result in five children. As a parent, she was always encouraging her children’s educational and recreational opportunities, providing them with a safe and loving home, amazing meals, and an outlet for emotional support.
Being a wife and mother brought so much joy and fulfillment to Barbara. With every ounce of her person, she passionately loved and cared for her children; nurturing them with unconditional love and providing them with all of the values they would need to grow into wonderful people. It is believed that Barbara would easily say her life’s greatest and proudest achievement was her children.
Throughout her life, Barbara was known for putting the needs of others before her own; she had a loving nature about her and do anything to help family, friend, or stranger. Her devotion to people and their happiness was boundless.
Barbara was very intelligent and empathetic; she was taught to value people over personal gain. Knowledgeable about the world and politics, she could always be found reading the current events section of a newspaper and completing crossword puzzles. Very fond of books, she would often read an entire murder-mystery in a single evening while being able to boast that she figured out the plot from the start. In addition to reading, Barbara was an active artist and crafts-person, developing intricate skills in textile arts such as cross-stitch, crochet and sewing. While she had many palpable hobbies, she also enjoyed keeping her mind sharp with thrilling historical or crime dramas on television.
Above all else, Barbara valued time spent with loved ones. She always looked forward to the evenings she would have dinner with her children and grandchildren, which often took place multiple times a week. She treasured long talks, exchanging jokes, and card games.
After being diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure earlier in 2019, Barbara continued to live with optimism. She took her health issues in stride and never let it diminish her enthusiasm for life.
Barbara’s kind soul - full of compassion, love and humor - was incredibly profound and does not leave us with her passing. Her energy lives on within the hearts and minds in every person she touched in life. Those who loved her will keep her memory alive by living as she would; fiercely, ever-growing, and as an embodiment of sensitivity, intuition, humor and love.
Barbara is survived by her children Jeffrey (Pamela), Gregory, Janet (Ronald) Nauman, Marc (Jari) and Michael (Catrina); grandchildren Sara (Ryan), Sean, Rachael, Tara, Breann, Ian, Jeremy (Krista), Nickolas (Kounie), Sabrina (Josh), Colleen and Shalynn. Barbara is also survived by her many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Mulloy; her parents, Herman Kamin and Rachael Kamin (Wolfman); her step-father, Ralph Rose; and several extended family members, friends, and furry companions.
Private Family services were held at the funeral home. A public celebration of life will be held later this year. Steinke-Lazarczyk Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lake Geneva, WI is proudly serving the Mulloy Family.